• (photos from right to left): Hilarion Warren Joseph, a decorated veteran of the 1990-91 Persian Gulf War and a lawful permanent resident, with his son, Japeri, who wears the jacket from Joseph’s US Army uniform. Evie Liu was trafficked into the United States when she was 18 years old. Melida Ruiz, a 52-year-old grandmother, photographed with her daughter, Mercedez Ruiz, and her grandson, Christopher.
    President Barack Obama’s 2014 executive action on immigration protects millions of families in the US but leaves major rights concerns unaddressed. Obama and the Congress should act to end harsh treatment at the border, unnecessary detention, and unfair criminal penalties that tear families apart.

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  • Retaliation against Sexual Assault Survivors in the US Military
  • Use of Force against Inmates with Mental Disabilities in US Jails and Prisons
  • The Tribal Council at Lower Brule and its Impact on Human Rights

United States

  • May 27, 2015
  • May 20, 2015
  • May 19, 2015
    As the Senate considers the USA Freedom Act this week, policymakers should strengthen it by limiting large-scale collection of records and reinforcing transparency and carrying court reforms further. The Senate should also take care not to weaken the bill, and should reject any amendments that would require companies to retain personal data for longer than is necessary for business purposes.
  • May 18, 2015
  • May 18, 2015
    As a little girl, Ruth Riviera (not her real name) loved to step into her dad’s army boots and strut around the house with pride and self-importance. Her dad, a Non-Commission Officer in the US Army, was her childhood hero. She admired pretty much everything about him: his creativity, his courage and his attitude that one can accomplish anything one puts one’s mind to. It felt natural to Riviera to follow in his footsteps and sign up for the Reserve Officer Training Corps (ROTC), a military program for students, when enrolling in college at 18.
  • May 18, 2015
    US military service members who report sexual assault frequently experience retaliation that goes unpunished. The report is the result of an 18-month investigation by Human Rights Watch with the support of Protect Our Defenders, a human rights organization that supports and advocates for survivors of military sexual assault. Despite extensive reforms by the Defense Department to address sexual assault, the military has done little to hold retaliators to account or provide effective remedies for retaliation.
  • May 15, 2015
    It's the time of year when politicians line up to praise mothers. Last year, President Barack Obama even issued a lighthearted public service announcement reminding his audience not to forget the holiday. But this year, thanks to some of those same politicians, more than a thousand migrant mothers and children in the United States will spend Mother’s Day behind bars.
  • May 15, 2015
    A submission by Human Rights Watch featuring our comments on the promotion and protection of human rights in the context of the world drug problem, in the lead-up to the UN General Assembly Special Session (UNGASS) on Drugs scheduled for April 2016.
  • May 15, 2015
    Indefinite detention of asylum-seeking mothers and their children in the United States takes a severe psychological toll, Human Rights Watch said today. Mothers from 25 detained families, including 10 who had been locked up for 8 to 10 months, described to Human Rights Watch their family’s trauma, depression, and suicidal thoughts.
  • May 15, 2015
    The undersigned human rights, civil liberties, national security, and religious organizations write have sent this letter to US House of Representative members to strongly urge them to vote “no” on final passage of the NDAA.